Not everyone can afford a Nikon 600mm f/4 VR lens ($9400) or Canon 600mm f/4.0L IS lens ($7600) to use when photographing wildlife but getting close is essential for capturing that one great shot. If you’re a Canon shooter like me, there are other ways to get “reasonably” close to the action without spending a fortune for equipment.
You could rent one of these babies at a pretty reasonable rate from your local camera shop (if you live close to a “major” city) or from one of many online rental outfits. Or you could do what I decided to do and buy a more reasonably priced Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM zoom lens ($600) and a Canon EF 1.4x II Extender ($290) and use these on your Canon 40D with it’s 1.6 FOVCF (Field of View Crop Factor) and get an equivalent focal length of 448mm! Not a bad way for a serious amateur to go for under $1000 bucks
To get this!
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